A Message from CEO Sherry Thomas‑Cloud
It has been a long, long year for all of us. COVID-19 has changed all our lives in so many ways. At Family & Children Services, we witness the struggles of so many in our community who have lost jobs, lost homes and are suffering. We have served an increased number of families who are experiencing mental health challenges and youth who are in crisis traumatized by the isolation and strain of the pandemic.
What is child trauma—and what can we do about it? Read our article, Child Trauma in the Time of COVID-19, to learn how to recognize trauma in children and how you can help. These are issues that affect not only the families we serve, but every family in our community, in our nation, and in our world today.
I invite you, too, to take a moment to read HANDLE WITH CARE: Never More Than Now, about the struggles of the families we serve and how you can make a difference in their lives. Not only health care workers and other essential workers save lives. You, too, can make a meaningful difference in your community, and it is as easy as making a gift to HANDLE WITH CARE, our fund to meet the most critical needs of children and families in crisis.
I am pleased to announce the promotion of one of Family & Children Services board members—Carlos Rangel. W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek has announced the promotion of Carlos Rangel to vice president and chief investment officer of the Foundation. Congratulations, Carlos!
Take a moment of respite to read the next chapter of Family & Children Services history. Chapter 6, The Depression Rages On, reminds us that every generation faces its own unique challenges—and that, together, we can overcome whatever crisis we must face.
Stay well, make a gift, extend a hand—we will soon reach a better place, together.
Sherry Thomas-Cloud, MSW, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer
Family & Children Services